Joey Miller update 2004-08-26

Miller Keeps Busy Racing, Testing and Preparing 19-Year-Old Has Races in ASA at Elko, ARCA at Chicagoland Coming up LAKEVILLE, MN (August 26, 2004) -- So far, Joey Miller has a perfect record in ARCA competition. He's started one race and has...

Miller Keeps Busy Racing, Testing and Preparing
19-Year-Old Has Races in ASA at Elko, ARCA at Chicagoland Coming up

LAKEVILLE, MN (August 26, 2004) -- So far, Joey Miller has a perfect record in ARCA competition. He's started one race and has one victory. But the 19-year-old doesn't plan to rest on his laurels. He took the first step towards a possible win number two by testing this week at Chicagoland Speedway in the Matt Hagans-owned No. 8 car that propelled him to victory at Nashville Superspeedway on August 14th.

The test was a good one for the young driver and his team.

"We were a little bit down on power because we had our Nashville motor still in the car," said Miller. "But we still ran the same lap times as the quickest cars there and we were really good on old tires. We'll have a good car for the race. I figure that we should have a top-three car for qualifying and the race. I wouldn't be surprised if we could pull off another win."

Most of Miller's driving experience has come in ASA cars, Super Late Models and Late Models on various short tracks in the Midwest. He has taken to the heavier ARCA cars like a duck to water, though.

"I like these cars, and here at the Chicago test, it's the fastest that I've ever gone in a racecar," said Miller. "I want to progress in this sport. My goal is to eventually get into the NASCAR Nextel Cup or Busch Series. Learning how to drive a truck arm car like this is important because this is where I want to be racing."

That doesn't mean that Miller won't return to his roots either. He plans on entering the ASA National Tour event at Elko Speedway (MN) in September and had a good run on the road course at Road America (WI) during the NASCAR Midwest Series event on Sunday, August 22nd. He finished second in that race.

"We had a really good car, but our tires were twice as old as everyone else at the end of the race," said Miller. "We had a plan for the race and then NASCAR told the teams that we could only pit for fuel on lap 20 or lap 40. We decided to pit at lap 20 and that hurt us. If we could have played our cards differently, we would have come on pit road at a different time and maybe we would have won the race."

Miller enjoyed his road course race. It wasn't his first time turning left and right either.

"I raced at Sebring once before and I've had a little bit of experience," said Miller. "Road course racing is a blast. It takes a little extra effort over oval racing, and I always have fun."

Country Joe Racing is fielding various racecars for Joey Miller this season as well as competing full-time with Kevin Cywinski in the American Speed Association in 2004. Country Joe Racing, with Kevin Cywinski and rookie Joey Miller, is Minnesota's #1 professional racing organization.

-cjr-

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Series ARCA , Stock car
Drivers Joey Miller , Matt Hagan